Monday, December 17, 2012

Good week, we got to see our investigators at the Christmas party, our battery died on Saturday and it was raining but it got fixed fairly quick. We are hoping that our investigator can be baptized at the end of the month, the mission is making a push and the Christmas spirit is very strong. Thank you everybody for the Christmas wishes! 

Love Elder Branchini

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

For thanksgiving we ate at the house of a member whose parents or grandparents, they were old, the lady breeds cats and she sells them for the movies and she is the lady whose cats are in like cats and dogs and i think Garfield and a bunch of movies that have cats. She said she has a whole house for the cats out by their ranch, that is our cat story hahah. 

Love Elder Branchini

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This week was good, transfers are here again and i am now with Elder Muffler in this same area. We have someone who wants to be baptized and he is so close! We are getting ready for Christmas and its coming up so fast! I hope everything is going well and that its not too cold over there!

love Elder Branchini

Monday, December 3, 2012

Activity went great! We had a bout 500 people there with the rain and everyone enjoyed it. Here are some pics from the event. 
Love Elder Branchini

Monday, November 26, 2012

Well since Thursday not much has happened, Sunday was great, we get to help with singing time in primary and we are actually helping them learn the song they are going to sing for Christmas. Also this Friday we have a conference in which Elder Porter of the 70 will conduct and he will teach all the missionaries in this mission. Now that Thanksgiving is over and December is about to start its time to start planning the holidays and helping others receive the Joy of this great holiday.
-Elder Branchini

Thursday, November 22, 2012

We had a baptism last week! This week we have thanksgiving and we have lots of dinners and people that asked us to stop by, it is going to be a great day. Next week we have the big Spanish multi-cultural activity and it looks like we are going to have a lot of people here. We have been keeping busy and have been really blessed there's a couple of people who want to be baptized but they need to get married and hopefully they can do it soon so that they can enjoy the blessing that come from being married and also as members of the church. I wish you all a happy thanksgiving and that the Lord will bless you.
Elder Branchini

Elder Branchini, Carlos, Raquel, Elder Rivera
(Carlos Baptized his Raquel) 

Monday, November 12, 2012

We had a wedding for our investigator this week and it looks like she will be getting baptized on friday. The weather is cooling down now and we seem to be wearing our suits most of the time. It hasnt rained much which is good so we dont get soaked in water. We had a couple of people to church this week and we have been busy planning for this huge hispanic mission wide activity that is happening on the 30th of November. I hope everything is well over there.
Love Elder Branchini

Monday, November 5, 2012

Good week to start the new transfer and new area, Im in Sacramento Elk Grove area and it is nice. We have a couple of investigators that are really close to baptism and also we have one who is getting married next Saturday and hopefully baptized the week after.  Also we are trying to set up a mission wide Spanish activity and I get to help my companion do that. We are going to be very busy.

Love Elder Branchini

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Crazy week coming up, going to a new area and I'm excited for it. my new area is near Sacramento and its called El Grove with my new companion Elder Rivera. Our mission has been hitting our goals 4 out of the last 5 months and it feels great. It's kinda tough leaving after such a long time of being here but it has to happen. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

This week was great, this coming week looks like we will have some rain which means muddy shoes in the area im serving right now, it would be the first week of rain on my mission so far. I have had about 5 days total of rain so far. This week we found a couple of people but they spoke english and they are going to be taught by the english elders but they are an awesome family and have family in Utah that are members too. I hope you all have a good time at the Halloween activity this weekend. And my investigators from my old area came to church this week! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

This week we met a lot of people, and it was a very fun experience. We had a primary program on Sunday and it was great, those kids are great and they are going to be great leaders in the future. It has gotten a little bit colder here but it was only for a couple days and now its pretty much nice weather in the 80's or so. Next Friday we have a Halloween party at our ward. that should be fun. we did not have a chance to do service this week but hopefully the next. 

Love Elder Branchini

Monday, October 8, 2012

This week was good, we had General Conference and I think this was the time that I focused the most, but it was very easy with the talks that they gave this conference, they were all amazing. When we went on exchanges this week we were knocking doors and we got invited in to one door, it happened that one of their kids was baptized a year ago and it was a Hmong family and we are spanish missionaries. We sat there and when they came in we had to explain that we werent the Hmong missionaries but thanked them for inviting us in to their house. It gave us a pretty good laugh. And I know if we are able to study the conference talks that we will be truly blessed and guided.

Monday, October 1, 2012

My new companion Elder Bawden

Got to ride on my bike for 3 days this week because we had to save miles to make it under for the month. It was very fun, and we found a family who's son is a member and we helped them with their roof, they were replacing everything and we helped them take out the nails and prepare it for them to finish it and put the shingles on. Conference is coming up and the week is getting very busy trying to invite people to it and to come watch it with us. A lot of people are interested in it and are willing to come listen to it. Hopefully we can get a lot of people to it and they can receive an answer to their prayers. this week we had an interview with our mission president and had a language conference were we learned how to interact with people who do not understand English. 

Love Elder Branchini

Friday, September 28, 2012

Elder Branchini and Elder Fulks

Elder Branchini and Elder Grow

Monday, September 24, 2012

i switched areas and companions, the area is split again but now I am in the southeast area of Stockton with my new companion from Kearns, Utah. we have a lot of new missionaries in the ward now and its going to be a fun transfer. We just lost most of our investigators because they moved at the same time or started working and wont be back for 2-3 weeks. I sort of knew the area so now its time to really learn it. I never thought I would stay in my first ward for such a long time, I love working in this ward and helping the people here in Stockton. Hopefully as we concentrate our efforts on finding people this week we can find that baptism ready person. We also have a mission language conference and it should be great because we will all get to be together with other missionaries that are called to serve in spanish and in the different languages of the mission. I hope everything is going well out there in the ward.


Monday, September 3, 2012

This week dragged a little bit, we were very busy and went on exchanges twice with our district leader which made it a little hard to know exactly what was going on in our area but my companion, Elder Grow was able to get me up to date with everything. We have two investigators that are awesome and we just need them to come to church which is a bit hard here in this ward for some reason, usually its because they live really far away but we are really focusing on that, and hopefully the desire of our investigators is there. Time is starting to fly by now and it is a good thing because it means we are out working and very busy. It's still hot out here, we are at around 90 everyday but the mornings have cooled off a bit. I hope everything is going well over there.

Here i am excited for some service. 
Here is my companion Elder Grow ready to serve. 
These are the goats we helped gather for the auction. 
This is the place were the auction was taking place. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

The week has been good, we were able to have zone conference this week and learn a lot from our mission president. Also got to help a member with his goat and sheep and take them to the auction. The work is doing well, we are seeing a lot of miracles out here and soon the ward will be able to baptize. This large area is good to keep us busy and working hard but it makes it really hard for us at times. We got to help a lot of people this week and it was awesome. I hope you are all doing well and hope that i can upload some pictures soon.

Love Elder Branchini

Monday, August 13, 2012

It was a crazy week since our areas cover about half of Stockton now but we are getting used  to it. Planning has become something super fun every night and my companion is awesome. We were able to get someone to church this week and we are working towards that baptism this transfer. Everyday this week was over 100. WE were running all over the place this week so hopefully this week we can see if there's a way to fix it and still be able to see the people we need to see. Hopefully i can send pics next week! 

Love Elder Branchini

Friday, August 10, 2012

This week has been pretty crazy, We were able to do a lot of work and were able to enjoy it. Trasfers came once again, they just sneak up on you, time flies by out in the field. This time transfers got pretty crazy and I am going to be even busier than before. I am now companions with Elder Grown and I will be covering The East half of all of Stockton, which means we should never run out of things to do and we have lots of places to find people. I also want to thank those people who read this blog and also all of you who have sent me birthday gifts and wishes. I wish you all the best back home and I found this really cool scripture which is 3rd Nephi 18:32, because we really dont know when someone will return and repent, and it is our job to help them do that.

Love Elder Branchini

Monday, July 30, 2012

1 Samuel 16:7

Our mission baptized 72 people in July!! We are teaching this awesome family and their next step is to come to church and they will most likely be baptized in this coming month. We found someone about 3 weeks ago but he lives in the sisters area and came to church! I'm super happy for that and Im excited to see him possibly get baptized, I should know who my new companion is by the time i write this next blog. I can't believe another month is gone by already, and im super glad that its only been in the 90's Its not too bad.

Elder Branchini

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My companion Elder Stoll and I

Our apartments last transfer

Elder Gaskill and I (he is the only other Spanish speaking Elder who reported to the mission field the same day as I)

Monday, July 23, 2012

This week was good, our investigators are progressing but they still havent come to church, this week we should have them there and hopefully next month they will be able to get baptized. Drove up to the chiropractor because my companion was having some back problems and neck problems too. Its pretty much all grapevines for about 5-6 miles straight, also some cows. There is a video I took of part of that trip, it sort of looks like the same thing over and over again. Its been nice out here, it got over a 100 on Saturday so I'm glad that we have a car right now. I wish I could send the video but it exceeds the file size.....well I guess it will have to wait!! Talk to you soon!

Elder Branchini

This is some of the art we are confronted with everyday!   

Monday, July 16, 2012

Thank You ALL!

This week was good my companion bought me a cake and I got a package with a bunch of alfajores (YUM) Thanks to Sister Scott for the alfajores and Sister Mangum for the birthday card. We found some really good investigators but havent been able to get this people to church two weeks in a row and we hope that this coming week we are able to do that. we hardly ever have time in the computers and it is very slow to download. Pictures will come soon when I can upload them. This is fun and my companion is fun and we are having a great time!

Elder Branchini

Thursday, July 5, 2012

So for this week, new companion and its been fun! He has taught me a lot of things and we have preparation day Today on the 4th of July. We get to eat dinner with President and then watch the movie 17 miracles. We have found some really cool investigators that we get to go see tomorrow and we might have a baptism coming up at the beginning of August!! Chances are also realy high that I will stay in this area at least one more transfer because this is my companions last transfer on his mission!

Elder Branchini

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


This week was amazing, our Mission President, President Lewis, and his wife, and his counselor President Martinez came to our ward and trained about missionary work! We even had 2 investigators to church this week, and it was an amazing day! Then that afternoon we had a missionary fireside and our two zones, about 30 missionaries sang there. We got transfer calls and Elder Luttrell is leaving!! Elder Stoll is going to be my new companion and so far I have only heard great things about him and am really excited for the work in this area. We got to go to the temple this week and it was a really good experience to renew the spirit once again. Our mission is doing great and I am really excited for what is going to be happening this next month.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012


This week was really good but it went by fast. I only have a week left with my trainer :( Super awesome Elder and hope I can serve around him again. Still no baptisms but we are working hard and trying to get the people to come to church and feel the spirit that is there. We have some huge plans for our ward having our mission president give a talk about missionary work and dedicating that sunday to missionary work. It is really exciting to see the ward getting together. We also had really good food at the fathers day activity. Thank you all for your support! HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!!

Love Elder Branchini

Monday, June 11, 2012

                                    Elder Luttrell and Elder Branchini currently serving in Stockton

Monday, June 4, 2012

last week of May

We had zone conference and learned a lot of what it means to be a missionary and how to work and have the faith to allow the hand of the Lord guide us and lead us in our areas, our little part of the Lord's vineyard. Also it has been an awesome experience so far and the work is great but this week our investigators dropped us, but we had a really awesome day on Sunday and it got us really fired up and so did zone conference to go out and search and find those people who are ready to hear the gospel. We havent had a chance to baptize anyone but our area was not doing well and it is slowly progressing and I am really excited to see the changes and to be able to get to teach those people who are ready. I know that everyday the people I talk to, I was meant to talk to and that is why I am here, even if they dont ask us to return at least we have been able to plant that seed in them.
Elder Branchini